MANILA, April 5, 2016— Caritas Manila will have extra support in providing health and medical care to street children and poor families, thanks to two mobile medical units arriving on the Philippine capital this month.
The trailer clinics left Kansas in the United States late last month and are expected to arrive in Manila on April 30.
The clinics are products of a fund-raising drive initiated by the US-based Barnabite Heart to Heart Ministry for its “Make Sad Eyes Smile” project after only six months.
The initial target was to raise US$100,000, or roughly Php4.6 million to set up and operate at least one medical van and build its interior with the necessary equipments.
Fr. Robert Kosek, founder of the ministry, said the mobile clinics are provided “to serve and be a place of loving and healing.”
“Thank you for your support and making sad eyes smile,” said Kosek, who previously worked in Marikina city where he built a school for poor kids.
Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle earlier said the mobile clinics will help the archdiocese a lot in terms of providing basic health services to Manila’s poor. (R. Lagarde / CBCPNews)